Sunday, August 23, 2009

Classic Haz Freestyle

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This morning I found myself reminiscing on some good times I had being a part of the PayUp Game team. Although I'm not one of the rappers in the group, I do feel as though I have a role to play nonetheless. Early last year, Jae Mouf(Jose) and Haz(Andre) gave me the privilege of being in charge of PayUp Skate, which consisted of myself, Matt Fabian, Sean Howell, and any PayUp member who wanted to skate. It was a humbling opportunity, and we had some great times. Things with PayUp Skate sort of died down late last summer- due to conflicting work schedules, annoyance with the Florida heat, etc.

One of the most memorable moments with PayUp skate was captured by Mouf on a digital camera - hence the low quality. I hit a beat (supposed to be Q-Tip - Vibrant Thing) on the trunk of my old Honda Civic, while Andre spit a quick freestyle, and also announced that he would battle Plies for $10,000 if given the opportunity. Til this day, I'm not sure if Andre was serious, but it was hilarious!!!

I know plenty of Andre's fans haven't seen this, so I'm posting it for y'all and myself. I know you'll enjoy.


Mouf Chronicles - Episode 2 - Haz Vs. Plies??

Friday, August 21, 2009

Mos Def Politicking!

Mos Def talks legalizing marijuana on Real Time with Bill Maher. There are some pretty interesting points and arguments discussed in this video. I found it interesting and thought I would share. We should really do more research, being that our generation is going to have to go through a lot of changes - and already have...

Hope this video provokes your thoughts!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Illin' Video

Finally!!! The Andre(Haz) Illin' video is posted.

The trip to Savannah, GA. late March was a huuuuge success. [Pause] We enjoyed our selves, and had the privelage of shooting an ILL video with some masterminds.

Directed by: Mike Ellwood
Cinematography by: Shane O'Hara
Sound by: Kurt Pierce
Video Producer: Pear Nerngchamnong

"Mad love, B!"

Download Illin'

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Finna'Do Magazine Issue #2

If you haven't heard me mention the local magazine I've written articles for, then you, especially, need to watch this video. Nowadays everyone feels like reading something takes to much time. Fortunately, Bill of Finna'Do made a vlog (video blog) breaking down the essence of Issue # 2. Definitely a good look.

This issue covers a handful of well-respected local artists (Haz, Absentee Ballot, etc.), and contains the article I did with Brent Sanders, owner of Brotherhood Skate Shop.

It's definitely dope. Be on the look out.

'Nuff said.

Finna Do Mag Issue #2 Preview

Monday, June 1, 2009

Bizzy Crook - Back 2 Bizzness Mixtape

The long awaited mixtape, Back 2 Bizzness, from Bizzy Crook of PayUp Game is finally available for download.


Downlod here.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

What is Brotherhood?

This post is an article I wrote for a local magazine called Finna'Do. I thought I'd post it on here for all the people who aren't going to have the opportunity to see Issue 2 of Finna'Do Mag. Tell me what you think...

What is Brotherhood?
Written by: Adeshola Adigun

Brotherhood Skate Shop
17 Mildred Dr. Fort Myers, FL. 33901

What is brotherhood? As a child, I probably would have told you that brotherhood meant that biological brothers – blood brothers – should stick together. Or even maybe that Black brothers should work together to be “successful.” According to brotherhood is: the belief that all people should act with warmth and equality toward one another, regardless of differences in race, creed, nationality, etc. Based on this definition, Brotherhood skate shop has been an ideal example of what term brotherhood means to skaters, sneaker heads, and others in the Lee County area.

Traveling south on U.S. 41, if one was to make a right on Mildred Drive – across the street from Edison mall, they would notice a warehouse looking structure on the left side of the road; that structure is Brotherhood skate shop. Brotherhood, neighbored by the Midas Auto Service Center, has bars that run up and down the glass windows and door. The skate sneakers displayed in the shop window almost look like they're in jail for a crime – due to their visibility through the bars.

When one enters the shop it's almost like entering an art gallery. There are various colors throughout the shop, produced from the skate decks that are displayed along the wall, behind the register, and above the clothing rack. Also seen around the shop are miscellaneous items and accessories such as wallets, beanies, and Tech Decks – miniature skateboards, guided and operated by the fingers of the user.

On this particular day, Brent Sanders, shop owner, and Tim Carver, shop employee and long-term friend, are watching a vintage skate video containing some of their skate footage from 1998-2001; the film wasn't top-notch, but I appreciated it's rough, gritty picture quality. Now standing outside taking drags from their cigarettes, Brent and Tim discuss future plans and projects, as well as pop culture. The “Kanye West/ Fish sticks” episode of South Park becomes the topic of discussion.

Both fighting hunger pains, Brent and Tim agree to order a pizza from Birdie's Pizza, located across the street from the shop. After convincing Brent to sell me a slice, the three of us enjoyed our grease coated slices of pepperoni pizza, when a friend of mine, Matt, walked into the shop.

“Dude! I was going to ask you if you wanted to go get something to eat because I knew you would be hungry,” says Matt looking humorously disappointed. “I walk in here and you’re grubbing on some pizza. That's fucked up!” After devouring my $1.15 slice of pizza and a couple garlic knots, I agreed to accompany Matt across the street to Edison Mall, so he could grab something to eat.

When we returned from Edison Mall, local skater, Gnarly Charly, was now amongst those in attendance at the shop. Charly, 16, is well known for his affiliation with Cape Coral skate crew, The Krew. Consisting of a few young teens living in a suburban environment, The Krew embodies the common lifestyle of suburban teens – youth who, regardless of personal issues, continue to prevail over their daily obstacles and have fun. Dressed in a Tony the Tiger t-shirt, khaki pants, Nike SB Blazer lows, and a white Boondocks beanie, Charly laughed while Brent kept a couple shop frequents entertained.

Brent picked up a remote and turned on his Lasonic boom box. It was a very retro looking stereo, a boom box that would have been quite common in the 80's, except it had an iPod insert. Some relaxing reggae now joined in the collection of sounds floating around the shop. I stared down at Charly's Nike Blazers. One foot had a black shoelace, while the other had a purple one. I wondered if he did it for fashion, or if the other black lace tore from skating and he decided to replace it with a purple one. “Before I started skating, I used to walk everywhere,” recalls Charly. “But once I got on that board, I started to hate walking.”

Brent began to share this story with a mother who was purchasing a Brotherhood board for her son:

A shop frequent, Jeffry, recently brought his little cousin with him to the shop. Jeffry began to play EA Skate on Brent's XBOX 360. Entranced by his fixation on the game, Jeffry ignored his cousin’s requests to go pee. What didn't help at all was the fact that Jeffry's cousin doesn't speak a lick of English, so he began to make animated faces and expressions indicating that he had to go to the restroom. When Brent finally realized what was going on, he suggested that Jeffry take his cousin to the bathroom located in the back of the shop. But by the time Jeffry put down the controller and agreed to assist his cousin, it was too late. The stench of fresh urine began to linger around the shop, a wet spot appeared along his cousin's leg, and a golden puddle remained as evidence. With nothing to do but laugh, they all – except Jeffry’s cousin – satisfied their comedic urges. In the end, Jeffry’s cousin had the last laugh, leaving Brent with the duty of mopping up the urine.

“That’s funny,” replied the mother paying for her son’s new board. “Well, that’s not funny, but…” We all started laughing instantaneously.

Soon enough the only people left in the shop were me, Brent, Jeffry, Charly and his friend. With a boosted amount of energy, attributed to the Vitamin Water he drank like a thirsty man who just found a water fountain, Brent began to play fight with Jeffry. The four foot tall, husky Vietnamese boy fought back until he found himself trapped in a headlock. Jeffry immediately admitted defeat and sat down. Brent, now laughing, approached Jeffry and said, “Are we still friends?” “Yeah,” replied Jeffry as he began to chuckle himself, still gasping for air.

While I was asking Brent questions, I caught a glimpse of a Slave skate deck that gave me a good laugh. It was black and white with a George W. Bush skull head on it – crossbones and all. He had on one of his famous smug-like smiles, and beneath George Bush said “Thanks For Nothing.” I immediately began to smile and nod.

When did Brotherhood skate shop originally open?

We originally opened in late 1995. We were a skate park inside a warehouse across from the old airport on U.S. 41. I started renting it out to some ravers, so they could throw parties, which usually had hundreds of people in attendance. Most of the ravers would be on drugs. We ran a concession stand in the back, and sometimes ravers would try to buy water with ecstasy pills and other pills. Since we weren’t into that crap, we would take the pills, smash them, and give them a bottle of water anyways.

Do you have a mission statement or a creed that you try to fulfill?

BROTHERHOOD! It's really that simple. But we used to have a Bible verse tagged up on the wall, by Jonathan Paiz, in the bathroom at the old shop that said: “I urge you brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” 1 Thessalonians 5:14

You get a lot of non-skater customers. Do you feel that by catering to them you're “selling out”?

Brent: Nah. People are people. I don't care who they are.

Tim: Back in the day, I used to get hated on for skating. Now that big companies like Nike are supporting skateboarding it's definitely become more acceptable, and I think that's cool.

Brent: Even skaters want to look stylish when they're skating. A lot of styles became popular because of the skateboard world; like baggy pants.

Why did you create this brother-like atmosphere in your shop?

When I was a kid, my family was ghetto. My brother and I were living with our single mother, who eventually sent us to live with our grandmother. We started going to private school, where the rich kids acted snobby toward the less fortunate ones. So from a young age I saw all walks of life, and witnessed and experienced unjustified cruelty. It doesn't matter whether you skate, BMX, or whatever; good people come in all shapes and sizes.

What's the best part of owning a skate shop? What makes doing what you do tolerable?

I'm into skateboarding and art. I just happened to be lucky enough to own my own shop. The expansion amongst the sneaker head world has also allowed me to expand. It's not easy to find an occupation you're interested in and/or make a living doing what you love.

The skateboard business requires you to be a regular, chill dude. People expect you to be a cool, laid back guy. And most of the business you get is through word of mouth. You're not necessarily required to dress up in a suit and tie and have an expensive work place; you just wear what you like and run things out of a little spot because you're ghetto.

Why do you think there's such a big buzz around the skateboard industry right now?

Skateboarding has always been connected to art and music. So the skate brands usually base their products around art and music. That's why the decks, clothing, and shoes are so popular and creative looking.

I feel like this is a very critical question: Why the hand logo? What does it represent?

It was a mix of a few things. Most of my teachers in private school were hypocritical. I used to read up on religions. I had great interest in Buddhism. One of the idols in the Buddhist and Hindu religion is a figure holding one hand reaching out, and one hand being held up. I also learned about the Mayans who have a similar figure they worship. Basically, when I was coming up with the design of the shop logo, I continuously drew various sketches, but those hands kept coming to mind. Eventually, I decided to use the hand as the shop logo.

As I started to exit the shop, I watched, through the bars, as Charly landed a full 360 degree spin gracefully.
“What was that you just landed, man?” I asked, as if that was the first time I saw someone land a trick. He told me it was a BS Full Cab and I began to jot down his movements on his board.

Charlie, now sweating profusely, continued attempting tricks. Once he landed one, he would move on to the next. Watching him land a kickflip that afternoon remains with me for one particular reason: as his board began to flip, the grip tape glistened. When it flipped over to the graphic on the bottom of the board, the printed letters spelled out BROTHERHOOD. That image became instilled in my mind. Both of his feet returned to the grip tape when the board made it full revolution, and Charly coasted away in success.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Malike Adigun: Mr. Triton 2009

My brother's Mr.Triton talent show performance! CLASSIC!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

One love, Tupac!

If I can use one word to describe Tupac Shakur, it would be BRILLIANT. He was an intellegent and gifted character that millions of people loved. Unfortunately, there were also millions who wanted to see his downfall.

He wasn't afraid to stand up for what he believed in - even if it was going to kill him. We can debate about whether he's really dead or not, but either way Tupac still lives on through his fans and supporters. He's one of the many young Black men who did their best to get other Blacks hip to what really was taking place in America.

One love, Tupac.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Meth & Red?!!


Method Man and Redman are shooting a new music video. The beat sounds pretty good. In conclusion: I can't wait.

Their performance at Rock The Bells in Miami last year was CLASSIC! They were smoking blunts during their performance, and they're also smoking blunts in this video. =)

How High 2 Coming Soon!!

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The Making of Illin' Video

A couple weeks ago, a couple PayUp members traveled up to Savannah, GA to shoot a video for a track Haz put together called Illin'. All I can say is it was an ILL experience, and the video will be ILL as well. Mike Ellwood directed it - dude is a damn genius! Anyways, I'll get into further detail once the editing process is complete and we post the video - probably on Vimeo for HD quality. Here's the making of a party scene that you'll see in the Illin' video.


Friday, March 27, 2009

Goodbye Diplomacy

I guess Cam'ron is officially done with the Dips! Cam is featured in this months issue of XXL Magazine. In his interview he addresses several rumors, and clears up his status on The Diplomats, but he didn't go this far.

I found this video on Dat Piff and Cam basically sounds like himself - arrogant - refusing to ever do a collaboration with Juelz or Jimmy!

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I remember the days when I used to listen to Dipset religiously, so I decided to post a throwback Dipset video - Dipset Anthem.


Monday, March 23, 2009


IllinHaz interview

Written by: Adeshola Adigun

Unsigned Cape Coral rapper, Haz, has been through several obstacles throughout his pursuit for a career in the world of Hip-Hop. From group split-ups to personal changes, Haz has continued to make music and apply his humor and cleverness to his music. With the upcoming release of his new EP, which has yet to receive a title, the self-proclaimed Prince of the City and I discuss his experiences as “unsigned hype,” and what the future holds for Haz and PayUp Game.

On a late Tuesday evening, the sun prepared to set and anticipation struck as I awaited the arrival of my interviewee. As I stared from my balcony, a six foot figure climbed the stairs to meet me. He was clothed in an Innes t-shirt, khaki Levi's denim, and the Hulk Nike Dunk SB sneakers.
“My dude, what up?!” I asked enthused about the interview.
“Diz! What's good, guy?” Haz replied with a slight chuckle.

We walked into my apartment and the aroma of curry chicken filled the air. Coincidentally, Haz is Jamaican and the smell of curry reminded him of his roots. When we walked into my brother's room, I took a seat at my brother's desk and Haz sat on the bed as he toyed with his iPhone – as usual.
“I figured since we're doing this interview I'd play some classic Young Haz.” I navigated on iTunes and clicked the play button. Dave Chappelle's well known Tyrone Biggums voice yells “Goddamn!” and Haz realized it was the intro to his Get Addicted Volume 1 mixtape; Haz chuckled. “Wow, I haven't listened to this mixtape – in its entirety – in a minute. I had my iPod on shuffle today and one of the tracks came on, so it's a coincidence that you decided to play this.” Haz and I then reminisced on the days when we first met while we were working at Pizza Hut.
“How long have you had this?” Haz asked.
“Dude, I've had this since the day you gave me a copy when we worked at Pizza Hut.”
After about ten minutes of reminiscing and listening to some tracks off Get Addicted, we started the interview.

What was the first song you recorded, and how long have you been recording your own music?

I was about 13 years old when I started recording. The first track I ever recorded was on the Fabolous beat Young'n (Holla Back). Prior to actually meeting Jae Mouf in person, he sent me Cool Edit Pro online, while I was still living in New York. Jae and Barry gave me the basic instructions on how to use the program. There was a time Barry came back to New York for a couple of weeks and demonstrated how to use Cool Edit, even though I knew the basic things I needed to know. Jae did most of the engineering when we first started recording though.

What do you feel the future holds for Haz?

I was recently considering my favorite artists and the ones I respect the most are the ones who don't let the limelight or fame affect the quality of their music. Those are usually the artists who take the independent route as opposed to taking the traditional route and signing with a major record label – often referred to as “selling out.” The perfect future in my eyes would be a perfectly balanced mixture of the two lifestyles.

In my opinion, the major record label route would be to allow yourself to be treated and treat yourself as a product, for example – allowing your label to determine how you look, talk, act, etc. Major record label artists allow themselves to be treated that way when they first get signed.

The independent route makes sure you're completely approachable. It may sound selfish, but the independent route allows you to make music for your fans as well as yourself. I want my fans to feel like they can talk to me when they see me in person.

You mean like when we met Mikey Rocks from The Cool Kids at the 2K Sports concert in Ft. Lauderdale?

Exactly! He was mad cool when we ran into him in the parking lot. He talked to us for a couple minutes and even told us about their upcoming album. That's exactly what I mean.

The first mixtape I heard from Young Haz was Get Addicted Vol. 1, which is when I became a fan of your music. I hadn't kicked it with you on a personal level yet, but when I finally did, you seemed like a totally different person. I feel that you've matured and developed a new approach toward creating your music since then. How do you feel that you've changed?

Back then I was closed minded as far as music went, and I only listened to hardcore, gritty, East Coast Rap. If the music had any soft melodic sounds, then I wasn't with it. That was a part of my life when I was easily influenced – I wanted to be like anybody who was doing anything that I thought was cool – which flowed over into my music since I wanted to make music that sounded like the music I thought was cool (young Lloyd Banks, early Cassidy, A-Team, and Fabolous).

Since then, in both my personal life and music life, I let go of “trying to be” and started on the road to “just being.” That transition channeled a new form of creativity and allowed me to be myself. It's a lot more comfortable to make music and not worry about keeping a persona that isn't necessarily yourself – which is why I wanted to change, as far as making music goes. That's what happens when you're a musician or artist – if your words are all people have to go by to make an assumption about who you are as a person, then that's all they'll associate you with. If you're not okay with them thinking what they all ready think, then you have to make music with subject matter that convinces them otherwise, which is what I plan to do with my music.

What's going to be special about your upcoming EP in comparison to Get Addicted Vol. 1?

I'm going to have more input – from others – for this project because on Get Addicted, I didn't have any input from others. I threw away mad songs. DUDE, I threw away so many songs! After the mixtape was already out for months, Jae heard a song that was originally supposed to be on it, and he was like, “Why isn't this on the mixtape?,” but it didn't sound the way I thought it should sound, which is the only reason why it wasn't on there. I just want to have more input – from others – this time around.

How often do you record?

Right now I'm not recording too much. I'm actually spending time planning out my next project. But that doesn't mean that songs aren't being written and orchestrated. I've been teaching myself how to produce (make beats), taking more time to learn more about mixing and mastering vocals. And pretty much anything else that will contribute (in a good way) to my next project, which will be the first time a lot of people hear my music – outside of where I reside.

Why do you feel you haven't been approached about a record deal or radio play yet?

Honestly, I don't think there's been a time since I started making music that I feel that I was ready for a record deal and/or radio play. Even now, I don't think I'm ready for a major record deal, but I'm ready to start putting out good music that people can appreciate and at the same time use it as a learning experience. I have a lot to learn and experience before I get to that point of considering a major record deal. I feel that in order to succeed in their aspirations one has to humble them self so someone with experience in that area can mentor them and shed light on what it takes to be successful – i.e., Drake has Weezy, Kid Cuddi has Kanye, etc.

Last year you collaborated with a local alternative rock band, People as Animals. How did that happen?

It was a spur of the moment thing. A high school friend, Timothy Flynn, was filling in as a drummer for the band, and while rehearsing their songs he got the idea that there was a song that would sound good with some rapping on it - during the breakdown in the song.

We only had two days to put everything together: meeting the band, listening to the song, writing the lyrics, and preparing for the performance. I went to Tim's house and met the band. They played the song for me, I memorized the melody, went home and wrote my verse, and then I met with Tim the next day and rapped my verse for him. We met with the band later at the venue and performed the song - that was the first time the band got to hear my verse.

The band liked it and so did the crowd. It was a fun experience venturing into that world of music. It was dope.

Will you collaborate with them again in the future?

We've talked about it but most of the band members went off to college. I spoke to the lead singer, Tanner Jones, about a collaboration more along the lines of him being a solo feature on my songs in the future.

Do you ever have any doubts on whether you will get a record deal. If so, then why?

There's always a slight bit of doubt because anything can happen. That's why your mom always tells you to get an education. But I do believe in my passion for music.

Explain what PayUp Game is.

What is PayUp? That can go several ways. One of the more obvious ways is getting paid for what you do – becoming financially successful. Basically, making money. Or it can be taken as “pay your dues”; when you have somewhere you want to be, you have to pay your dues to get there, which is what we're about.

Jae Mouf, PayUp founder, and your best friend, has been off the music scene for some months now. Is he still recording, and can we expect to hear his witty lyrics again in the near future?

Jae's been taking care of his responsibilities. He's still into music. He's been writing. You can look forward to hearing him on my next project. He's been my mentor since I was younger, so he's always going to have a part in what I do. He's been taking care of things, education wise and personally, to get to where he wants to be.

Many of the rap groups we grew up listening to have split up within the past decade. Your original group has already split since y'all first started PayUp. How do you feel group splits can be avoided in the future?

Loyalty! That's my number one thing in life. My main priority. I think once you have loyalty, everything else comes along – honesty and the freedom to be yourself around those you keep around you (your company).

On your song My Kicks, I recall you saying “SB Dunks and I don't know how to skateboard.” That's a perfect example that “music marks time” because a year later PayUp Skate showed up on the scene. What were your visions for the PayUp Skate movement?

I didn't necessarily have any visions for PayUp Skate. It was about not being afraid to venture into something you've been interested in. From renting Tony Hawk games, watching X-Games, and having friends that skated, I've always been interested in skateboarding. At the end of the day, it was about having fun, and skating is definitely fun!

If you had to name your three biggest influences when you first started rapping and your three biggest influences now, who would they be and why?


50 Cent: He's from the same part of Queens as me. He built a local fan base and went from there. He took what was considered “underground,” made it catchy, and brought it mainstream. He even had cults i.e., the Anti-Ja movement. Once you get to the status of making money, people get jealous and want to take you down – that's what happened to 50.

A-Team: They had the perfect flow as far as getting their words out, and they also had the perfect balance of perfect Hip-Hop and street music. They used each other’s strengths/abilities to their advantage – that takes talent (teamwork). They humbled themselves to one another and they weren't afraid to admit their strengths and weaknesses to each other. That's actually what inspired Jae and I to do a mixtape together back then. I think UGA broke up because we weren't able to work together as a group, and humble ourselves to one another.

Jay-Z: He was so stylistic. He always found a new way to do the norm. No matter how simple or cliché it was, he found a way to make it sound cool and different.


The Cool Kids: I love old school rap (late 80's - early 90's). Their music is driven by old school rap with a new twist. They're not afraid to be themselves and that seeps through their music.

Drake: Everybody loves Drake now, but Jae and I have been listening to him for a few years now. He has a great way with words. He gets his point across without being extremely forward.

Jay-Z: His ability to take things that everybody all ready does and says, and do it exponentially. “Success is defined by completing a common task in an uncommonly great manner.” I think Jay-Z's music represents that message.

I'm sure you're aware that rap is the most controversial genre in the music industry. Several artists use rap feuds or “beefs” to sell more records. Do you have any beefs?

Beefs, I do not have. I try my best to get along with everyone. On a song I have coming out called Illin, I mention “If you ask me that rap beef is kinda ho-ish.” It's a rap version of gossip. So, no, I don't do beef and more than likely never will. Not my style, son. I been dissed a couple times in the past, but I never replied.

Yo, I don't want to sound materialistic, but I feel good when I get new shit.

Nah, I feel you; I'm the same way! When I got my first MiDi controller I felt motivated. I mean, I made Illin'!! [Chuckles]

[Chuckles] Word. Speaking of Illin'! How did it get created?

It was just one of those things that just came about. It was early in my process of learning how to make beats. The hook came to me as I was making the beat. I liked the way it sounded, so I just transferred the beat to my recording program and made the song; it was a quick process. It was one of those songs that just happened – which are usually the best ones. BY FAR!

You recently shot a video for it, right? How did that happen?

My boy, Diz (Aydee, Adeshola, whatever you go by, dude), actually introduced me to Kurt Pierce last summer. Kurt makes beats, so we hooked up to make music. We hung out ever since. At the 2k Sports concert November 26th (The Cool Kids and Q-Tip), the idea to make a video came up. The idea of making a video, period, was exciting to me because I never made a video before, or any visual adaptation of my music, for that matter. Kurt told me that his roommate, Mike Ellwood, was working on videos, and would probably be willing to work with me. We pretty much went from there: set the dates and made it happen.

What can you say about the Illin' video so people have an idea of what to look forward to?

The video was a great experience overall. I can contribute that to the enthusiasm of the people I was working with, shooting the video in a city I'd never been to before – Savannah, GA. - and not restricting ourselves to a certain look or scenery in the video. No restrictions period. I was open-minded to any ideas people had towards the video. We didn't have a formula; we just freestyled ideas and worked with what we had.

I learned a lot. I got a first-hand experience of what goes on behind-the-scenes while shooting a music video. Basically, people can look forward to watching a video of me and my friends having a good time, enjoying the trip, and enjoying the scenery.

You've partnered with “Super Producer” Steve Woodz on many occasions. What compels you to work with Woodz?

Steve Woodz is locally renowned and he's a real person. When I met him he didn't front. Me, Woodz, and Mouf layed down a track the day I met him. Although he's a Southern artist, he's lyrical and witty, and makes dope music.

So, what's next for Haz?

I'm working on my new shit; right now it's an untitled EP, which will be available for free. No matter how much time or money I have to put into it, it will be available for free.

For information about Haz or to hear some of his music, visit his Myspace music page. Haz of PayUp.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

It Ain't Hard to Tell!

Hmm. Why is Nas my favorite rapper of all time?! Proabably because he's ill as eff.

I always heard Nas's music growing up in Queens, but I never paid attention to his concepts until the Hate Me Now feat. Puff Daddy video came out. It was mad controversial because he dressed like Christ, carried a cross, and got crucified on it in the video. Nas was always doing controversial things, so last year when he initially announced that he was naming his most recent album Nigger I wasn't that surprised. They also shot some of the video on top of a corner store in Queens, which I always thought was cool - I remember my cousins talking about that shit for a while.

In the latest issue of XXL Magazine they did an article on Hip Hop's perfect album, Illmatic. It was Nas's debut album and the first album to recieve five mics in the Source Magazine. It's definitely a classic, and if you haven't heard it then you need to change your ways immediately! In the XXL article, the magazine does interviews with Nas, Jungle (his brother), Olu Dara Jones (his father), DJ Premier, Q-Tip, and others. It's a brilliant interview and you should check it out if you have the chance.

My favorite track on the album is It Ain't Hard to Tell, so I thought I'd would bless my blog with a throwback video from 15 years ago...


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Dollar Shaped Hands

Early last year, rapper and personal friend of mine Haz collaborated with a local alternative rock band called People as Animals. The performance was at a local venue in Ft. Myers, Florida. In a recent interview with the rapper, he told me about his experience performing with the band and how the awesome collaboration came into play.

"It was a spur of the moment thing. A high school friend, Timothy Flynn, was filling in as a drummer for the band, and while rehearsing their songs he got the idea that there was a song that would sound good with some rapping on it - during the breakdown in the song.

We only had two days to put everything together: meeting the band, listening to the song, writitng the lyrics, and preparing for the performance. I went to Tim's house and met the band. They played the song for me, I memorized the melody, went home and wrote my verse, and then I met with Tim the next day and rapped my verse for him. We met with the band later at the venue and performed the song - that was the first time the band got to hear my verse.

The band liked it and so did the crowd. It was a fun experience venturing into that world of music. It was dope."

Below is the video of the performance for Dollar Shaped Hands - People as Animals feat. Haz.


I will be posting the full interview with PayUp Game's co-founder by next week. In the interview, Haz and I discuss what PayUp is and his upcoming EP project. You can visit Haz's Myspace music page to hear his music:

Monday, March 16, 2009

Welcome to Heartbreak

I wasn't aware but there is a video out for the track Welcome to Heartbreak off 808s and Heartbreak. The collaboration between Kanye and Kid Cuddi gives the song a laid-back feel. Several people I know don't appreciate the album, but I definitely have a great respect for it.

When I first heard Welcome to Heartbreak it wasn't mastered yet, and the beat was a little different. In my personal opinion, the original beat was better. I still love the song and the video is very artistic. It's kid of hard to adjust your eyes to the video's effects at first, but you get used to it after a while.

Tell me what you think..

Can't Stop Me!

The newest member of PayUp Game, Bizzy Crook, released a video for a track off his upcoming mixtape Back 2 Bizzness.

Directed by C.T., the video has appearances by C.T. and Genetics. The video potrays some of the things spoken about on the track - Bizzy addresses his current obstacles, elaborates on his jail experience and some of his life lessons so far.

Also featured on the official track is fellow group member and PayUp co-founder, Haz. This video is just a sample of what PayUp Game has to offer and plenty more work is in process.

Be on the look out for Bizzy's Back 2 Bizzness mixtape in April. You can check out more of his music on Myspace here: and Haz's music here:


Sunday, March 15, 2009

FIVEVER music video

For your veiwing pleasure...

A couple of my friends at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) recently shot a video for a track I had the privelage of seeing them work on a couple weekes ago. I just had the opportunity to watch the video, so I thought I'd throw it on the blog for those who appreciate creativity.

The video was directed by my dude Mike Ellwood. He's pretty talented and he has more work in progress, so remember the name. Mike is the second verse on the track. The first verse is a good friend of mine Kurt Pierce. There are also appearances from Hiro and Shane.

The video has a psychedelic feel to it and it's mad art-like. Keep an eye on these dudes, and peep the Sushi Sushi Brown Brown myspace page if you get the chance -


Monday, March 9, 2009

Scooter Smiff..

I ran across this video by accident in December and I was shocked. Not only had I not heard of this dude, but I didn't know he worked with Chris Brown. I think he's pretty cool and has a lot of potential; he's a good dancer also. Either he's being slept on, or no one talks about him around me.

This is the video for Head of my Class featuring Chris Brown. Let me know what you think.

I Think Chris Brown Stalks Me!

This video is type old, but that's what makes it relevant.

Chris Brown is my dude, but this is getting out of hand. I always spot him rocking some type of footwear or apparel I own. That's either a huge coincidence or our lives are somehow intertwined - no homo. Either way, in this video he's rocking the retro Nike hoody I purchased in Orlando last summer. He's also in my parent's native country of Nigeria for this interview - I thought that was cool too.


Friday, March 6, 2009

Lil Wayne - Prom Queen Video

Lil Wayne - Prom Queen [Official Music Video]

The video is pretty dope. Lil Wayne continues to make creative music. I like the concept and the video. My boy Haz told me about the song a couple months ago, and I didn't think I was going to like it -- boy was I wrong!

Kudos to Wayne on the video.